Child Life ProgramSpecially trained child-life experts help normalize the hospital environment for children and teens by through:
To contact the Child Life Program, please call 207-662-6267. View more information about the Child Life Program.
Classroom To ensure that hospitalized children keep up with their schoolwork while they are receiving care, The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital has an on-site classroom, tutors and a hospital-based teacher. Educational assistance is provided through:
Parents’ Lounge For parents whose child is hospitalized, we offer an array of thoughtful services, amenities and resources. A parents’ lounge, located off the central atrium, offers:
In addition, we offer:
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Social WorkLicensed social workers are available to help children and families cope with the psychosocial issues related to a child’s diagnosis. These specially trained professionals can provide one-on-one counseling, guidance on stress management techniques, support group information, problem-solving and connections to other parents and community-based services.For more information, please call the Social Work Department at 207-662-2261.Home and Hospice CareThe Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital wants patients to remain in or return to the comfort of their own home whenever possible and appropriate. The home healthcare agencies of MaineHealth (Maine Medical Center’s parent organization) offer a full range of services to assist patients and their families, including skilled and supportive nursing services, rehabilitation and social work therapies, community education, parent and child health support, and hospice care.For home health and hospice care in York and Cumberland counties and surrounding towns in Oxford, Androscoggin and Sagadehoc counties, please contact:HomeHealth – Visiting Nurses of Southern Maine15 Industrial Park RoadSaco, ME 04072Phone: 207-775-5515 or, toll-free, 1-866-255-8744Website: www.homehealth.org
Interpreter Services For patients and their parents who do not speak English, The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital offers free interpreter services. Medical interpreters are available 24/7 to help ensure that patients and families get all their questions answers and information is understood. Simply call, toll-free, 1-877-339-3107.Pastoral/Spiritual CareThe Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center recognizes the importance of spiritual care and support as part of the healing process. The Women and Children's Service Line has its own chaplain, the Reverend Alice A. Hildebrand, a Board Certified Interfaith chaplain, available 8 AM to 5 PM, five days a week or by appointment at other times. There are also professional Interfaith chaplains available through the Department of Spiritual Care at all times. Our goal is to enable each person to access his or her own faith tradition or philosophical support system in ways that promote healing and well-being. Chaplains may be called at any time, day or night, through the nursing service or through the central switchboard at 207-662-0111. For more information, you may contact Chaplain Alice at 207-662-1265.
Support GroupsThere are many support groups available for patients, families and caregivers dealing with specific issues, illnesses or types of injury affecting children. Some are sponsored by The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, Spring Harbor Hospital (a MaineHealth member), and/or outside organizations, and many are held at the Dana Education Center at MMC’s Bramhall Campus (22 Bramhall Street, Portland). For more information, call the Social Work Department at 207-662-2261 or view the list of support groups.